The recent Golden Globes are getting a ton of attention due to the controversial (sorta…it’s not really all that bad — has anyone even seen South Park?) hosting job by comedian Ricky Gervais.
Most notably, Gervais took major shots at some questionably nominated films and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association themselves…during their own awards ceremony, nevertheless. Due to this, it was immediately said by one member of the HFPA that Gervais would not return as host, nor would his work ever be nominated. Unless they were bribed effectively enough, of course.
Apart from all of that drama, a mini-mystery arose during the program where Gervais disappeared for about an hour or so, sparking conspiracy theories that he had been fired mid-show. This was not the case, as it turns out, as Ricky explained what happened.
Click on over to read what the host had to say.
I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance. I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humour.) Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great.
See, there’s actually a method to the madness. Not only was the gap of time he wasn’t in screen just the way things worked, but he made it a point to note that he purposely set up these highly controversial jokes towards celebrities he knew (or thought) would be able to take it without a problem. Reports have indicated that other celebrities’ representatives have contacted the HFPA about the host’s comments, but other than that, no harm no foul.
Deadline even has a new statement from the HFPA who still admit that Gervais “went too far” at times, but make it clear (after finding out that their ratings were actually good) that they loved the show:
We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking. When you hire a comedian like Ricky Gervais, one expects in your face, sometimes outrageous material. Certainly, in this case, he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far. The HFPA would never condone some of his personal remarks. Overall, however, the show was among the best we’ve ever had and we were pleased.
In the end it really doesn’t matter what you do or say on TV, so long as it brings in ratings!